View from the Past

100 Years Ago

We are told that if one wants to take a spin on a boulevard just go out to Beckstead’s Store and take a run down to the Island district. The enterprising farmers of that locality got out as soon as the storm settled and took split log drags and worked the roads down in fine shape. They have arranged to drag the roads of that locality every two weeks during the summer and judging from the start they are making, the Island will have the best roads in the county.

Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, February 20, 1915

Nimrod Urie, serving a life sentence at the Nevada State prison has received from the government a patent on a cone direct drive for an automobile. This patent does away entirely with the old style transmissions, with about 300 pounds in weight and a half reduction in the cost of manufacture. It gives the long sought for direct drive, greater stability, more power and the fact that the reverse movement of the car can be made in either low, intermediate or high. The shifting is all done with the foot clutch. New York men are working on commercializing the patent. Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, February 20, 1915

75 Years Ago

Small trees for farm and ranch planting will again be available in Nevada this spring. Since Nevada farmers were first given an opportunity to purchase the trees in 1933, nearly one hundred thousand have been set out in the state for windbreak, shelterbelt and woodlot purposes. Softwoods available this year, said Thomas Buckman, director of the Nevada agricultural extension service, include eastern red cedar, Ponderosa pine and blue spruce, while among the hardwoods Nevada ranchers may choose are green ash, hardy catalpa, black walnut, Siberian elm, golden willow, thornless honey locust, Siberian pea tree, Russian olive and black locust.

The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, February 17, 1940

That there is some life in the old elephant is manifested this week by the rousing enthusiasm at GOP meetings all over the nation, honoring Lincoln. And from all indications this sign of awakening life in the party which, no longer ago than 1936, was characterized by Democratic prophets as “dead as the dodo bird,” is causing no little concern to the New Deal high command.

The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, February 17, 1940

50 Years Ago

While the bombs were bursting in North Vietnam, President Johnson worked skillfully behind the scenes to soothe the Russians and to keep the cold war chill from plunging. He hopes the Vietnam crisis will blow over before the scheduled May meeting of the Big Four Foreign Ministers in Vienna…One sure sign that East-West trade barriers are breaking down is the confidential report that Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola are competing to supply soft drinks to the European Satellites. Merry-Go-Round by Drew Pearson.

Fallon Eagle-Standard, Friday, February 19, 1965

A View From The Past…Stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives, researched and compiled by Margo Weldy, Churchill County Museum & Archives Assistant


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